Starting from the capital Pigadia, on the east side, head towards Olympοs for a journey through time in a village of unique beauty where women still wear their colorful traditional costumes today. Visit the aligned windmills of the village for the necessary photographs, and then head to Othos to feel like stepping into a living postcard. Diving aficionados make your way to Kastellia with its underwater treasures, Fokia with its huge rocks, Achata with its pirate cave and Diakoftis with the Italian shipwreck.
Tiny and unspoilt, the volcanic islet at the northern end of Karpathos, a breeding ground for the rare Mavropetritis (also known as the “Falco Eleonorae”, overwinters in Madagascar and travels to the Mediterranean during summer time), Saria offers not only the impressive Palatia beaches to its visitors, but also a magnificent outdoor archaeological museum, since the island is full of ruins. Accessible by boats that depart regularly from Pigadia and Diafani.
Kyra-Panagia is the hotspot of the island with an organized sandy beach at the end of its rocky bay, Apella is a beach of 7 kilometers of golden sand, Ammoopi stands out for its variety of water sports and Afoti where you can combine swimming and sightseeing the early Christian basilica of Saint Fotini built in the 6th century AD. Agios Nikolaos and Agios Georgios near Arkassa fascinate the alternative swimmers, while Diafani is also particularly attractive, which is also accessible by ferry boat from Pigadia.
With a great variety in comparison to the small size of the island, Karpathos housewives even today knead together and bake in their traditional wood-fired ovens their famous bread of all kinds and flavors: spicy, onion, rusks with mastic, cumin. A must-taste is the kneaded Christmas bread, with cinnamon, mastic, cloves and sesame.
Finger-rolled pasta cords cut in length of 3cm and pressed firmly in the center with the fingers to achieve their characteristic curved shape. Once boiled, they are sautéed in butter, served with “tsikomeno” (roasted onion) and then sprinkled with grated mizithra cheese, revealing the beauty of simplicity.
Useful phone numbers
Tourist Police: 2245022222
Port Authority: 2245022227
Radio Taxi: 2245022705
General Hospital: 2245022228